ZIMSTAT applies for census extension

By Fungai Jachi

The enumeration exercise that was supposed to end this Saturday is expected to be extended with five more days to enable the enumeration of those who have not yet been counted.

The mop up exercise, expected to last for another five days, will cater for those who have not yet been counted, with Zimstat Director-General Mr Taguma Muhonde noting that the enumeration exercise has been going on smoothly.

“The enumeration exercise has been going on well with the exercise having been made easier by the use of technology. The process is now simple. We appreciate that they are people who have not yet been enumerated because of various reasons and we have applied for an extension of the enumeration exercise which is our mopping up phase so that everyone gets a chance to be counted for us to have accurate data,” he said.

Mr Mahonde also clarified on the set of questions that are being asked during the census.

“We are always guided by the United Nations in our line of questioning and this year they wanted us to concentrate more on housing issues, that is why we had questions that had something to do with houses. All questions asked were relevant to the planning and development of the nation.”

The preliminary report of the census is expected to be out in the next three months with the final report expected to be out in six months’ time.

After the release of the census report the delimitation exercise is expected to commence ahead of the 2023 general elections.